Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza, though it will not be featured on the main FOX broadcast, is one of the most exciting fights set to take place this evening, with the winner likely moving into the title picture at 145 lbs.
Both men are undefeated since moving to the UFC from the WEC earlier this year and both have only been defeated once in their careers.
While both have impressive records, neither have earned themselves that one significant win to launch themselves into the title hunt.
Featherweight is considered to be one of the weakest weight classes in the UFC and the promotion is in dire need of viable opponents for champion Jose Aldo, so both men have an incredible opportunity to get the MMA world's attention this evening.
Stylistically, this is a great matchup.
Poirier is the more dangerous striker, but Garza is extremely tall for a featherweight and will enjoy the reach advantage.
Poirier can end this fight on the feet if he can get inside, so look for Garza to use his height and reach to keep Poirier on the outside.
As far as the ground game goes, both men have shown great jiu-jitsu in the past and both are comfortable on their backs.
However, Garza's long limbs give him an unusual advantage on the ground and make him difficult to deal with.
If Poirier takes this fight to the ground, he'll need to try and stay in positions like side-control, where Garza will not be able to threaten with his long legs.
This really is a pick 'em fight.
I believe Poirier is the more skilled fighter, but Garza has an advantage in that he is taller and lengthier than Poirier, which could help him in all areas of the fight.
This should be a fast-paced, back and forth bout, with a lot of scrambles and reversals on the ground.
Garza will almost catch Poirier in a couple submissions, but Poirier will avoid, achieve a dominant position, and pound Garza out.
Final Prediction: Dustin Poirier defeats Pablo Garza via second-round TKO.
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